Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Discourse on the Method : Meditations on First Philosophy : Objections Against the Meditations and Replies : The Geometry
Is it possible to be certain of anything? If so, how? The father of modern philosophy and the founder of rational method in philosophical thought, René Descartes (1596–1650) sought the answers to these questions and in doing so, addressed the most important of methods of thinking and understanding truth. In Discourse on Method, he applies a scientific approach to philosophy that comprises four principles: to accept only what reason recognizes as "clear and distinct"; to analyze complex ideas by dividing them into smaller elements; to reconstruct the ideas; and to make accurate and complete enumerations of the data. His Meditations proceed according to this method, exploring the mind/body distinction, the nature of truth and error, the existence of God, and the essence of material things.
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tellect , that thinks of God as existing after the itself exactly as an efficient cause is related to fashion of created things . This conclusion will be its effect , so far should I be from concluding rendered more evident by the ...
ing that nothing could be understood to be cause ; it results from having an essential self - derived unless in a negative sense , except nature which renders it independent of an God alone . I had no need to assume more than efficient ...
His own efficient cause , because the concept of first cause of all . But to me it seems that this an efficient cause requires diversity between it reasoning is neither overthrown nor in any and its effect , after showing that God is ...
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